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No. 1 South Carolina captures 19th straight win over Ole Miss, 85-56
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No. 1 South Carolina captures 19th straight win over Ole Miss, 85-56

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kamilla Cardoso scored 13 of her 17 points in the final two quarters as No. 1 South Carolina won its 19th straight over Mississippi with a 85-56 victory Sunday.

Cardoso, the 6-foot-7 leading scorer and rebounder for Gamecocks (21-0, 9-0 Southeastern Conferece), picked up two fouls less than four minutes into the game and went to the bench. She played just nine minutes in the first half.

Cardoso was her dominant self when she got back in helping South Carolina to a 16-2 run that spanned halftime to take control and extend its program record to 52 straight wins at home.

The Rebels (16-6, 6-3) were within 32-31 on Kharyssa Richardson’s foul shot with 3:17 left before the break.

Cardoso started the surge with an inside bucket, her first of the game, before Tessa Johnson added a 3-pointer and MiLaysia Fulwiley’s extended right-arm flip shot in the final seconds put the Gamecocks ahead 40-31.

South Carolina picked it back up in the third quarter, with Te-Hina Paopao hitting a three and Cardoso adding two more buckets for a 48-33 lead.

Ole Miss, which has not beaten the Gamecocks since the 2010 SEC Tournament, could not answer.

Fulwiley scored 14 points while Paopao and Ashlyn Watkins finished with 11 points each for South Carolina. Watkins added 10 rebounds for her second consecutive game with a double-double.

Madison Scott had 17 points to lead the Rebels, who saw their four-game win streak this season snapped.


  • South Carolina continued to prove its versatility with all 11 players scoring at least a point and six finishing in double-figures for the seventh time this season.
  • Packing the Paint: The Gamecocks dominated the paint against the Rebels, nearly doubling Ole Miss’ production inside 50-26.
  • The Gamecocks shook off a tough-shooting first half quarter (33.3%) to hit 42.5 percent (9-of-20) in the second and continued to build from there – 52.9 percent (9-of-17) in the third and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) in the fourth.
  • Kamilla Cardoso led the team for the seventh time this season, putting up 10 of the Gamecocks’ first 14 points in the third quarter, to finish with 17.
  • Ashlyn Watkins came out hot in the first quarter, putting up six of her 11 points in the period. Her second-half start was strong as well with six of her 10 boards in the third period en route to her fifth double-double of the season.
  • MiLaysia Fulwiley secured her 15th career game scoring in double figures, highlighted by a second-quarter buzzer beater to cap an 8-0 run by the Gamecocks going into halftime.
  • Raven Johnson dished out six assists on the day, tallying her 30th career game leading the team in the category.
  • Sania Feagin had a perfect shooting game, finishing 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line to notch her sixth game in double-digits this season.